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Moral regeneration: Seedbeds for civic virtue

Piet G.J. Meiring
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 59, No 4 | a693 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v59i4.693 | © 2003 Piet G.J. Meiring | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2003 | Published: 27 October 2003

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Piet G.J. Meiring, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Taking his cue from a recent report by the US National Council on Civil Society, the author discusses a number of “seedbeds of civic virtue” that may play a role in the much needed moral regeneration of South African society. The “seedbeds” are (1) family, (2) the local community, (3) faith communities, (4) voluntary civil organizations, (5) arts and art institutions, (6) education, (7) business, labour and economic institu-tions, (8) the media, (9) government, (10) the nation. The “rainbow nation”, the author contends, has in recent times lost some of its colour, but if the different partners in the quest for moral regeneration take hands, the colours of the rainbow may return.

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